A Homeschooler's CheckList by Tamara Eaton
Public schools are in session again in our hometown and although we homeschool year-round in a relaxed style, our children have been motivated to create a new fall schedule and get ready for another homeschool year. Perhaps you're an inexperienced homeschooler and tempted to panic or feel overwhelmed. Look at this checklist to see if you've missed anything in preparing for this new year!
Decision Time by Beverly S. Krueger
It’s decision time for many homeschool families. The curriculum fair has come and gone. Homeschool catalogs have been pored over. Product reviews have been read. Now it’s decision time.
Getting the Most from Your Support Group by Beverly S. Krueger
Support groups are a marvelous place to share our concerns, get encouragement, and participate in activities we cannot do on our own. There are many different kinds of support groups. Some offer group teaching while others are informal gatherings at the park. Whether your support group provides you the support you are looking for will depend on the type of group it is.
Gotta 'Get' It by Tammy Marshall Cardwell
It’s amazing how you can listen to ten different people tell you the exact same thing and still be so completely stuck inside your own head, the mindsets that have developed over time, that you just don’t get it. That was me, the young homeschooler who began her foray into homeschooling by reading all she could find in the local library, books by Raymond and Dorothy Moore. I then attended two homeschool conferences, one taught by Gregg Harris. God gave me teachers who truly understood how children learn, but I was so trapped in my public-school-indoctrinated head.
Homeschooling as a Money-Saving Choice by Rhonda Barfield
I won’t presume to say whether public, private or home school is best for your family. However, if financial considerations are an important aspect of your decision, you may want to consider homeschool. Here’s why.
I Can't Homeschool! My Kids Would Drive Me Nuts! by Beverly S. Krueger
Are you one of those that regularly states that you haven't the patience to be around your children all day, day in and day out? Is this a position you really want to take? Do you really want to claim that you haven't the patience or the means to attain the patience to become more intimately involved in the lives of those you love and who love you?
More Homeschool FAQs by EHO Staff
Homeschooling FAQs put together by other homeschooler on the Internet.
Ordinarily Extraordinary by Beverly S. Krueger
I’ve always believed that ordinary people can do extraordinary things through the power of the Holy Spirit. I’ve seen it happen to some of the most common people in the world.
What Constitutes a Good Education? by Beverly S. Krueger
What constitutes a “good” education? We all have our thoughts on the subject because, after all, we homeschool our children and we want them to have a good education. The trick is in threading a path through the practical considerations to a philosophy of education that is expansive enough to last a lifetime. We contemplate the balance between developing skills and instilling facts, but these fall on the practical side of education. If we focus on these things, we still haven’t gotten to the heart of determining what we believe makes an education good.
What is an Accidental Homeschooler? by John Edelson
While some families know from the start that they want to homeschool, others arrive somewhat "accidentally". These are families who had initially put their children in traditional schools. Then, “something” happens. Perhaps it happens over and over or different “things” happen. Sometimes there are a few classroom or school changes but it still is not working. The problems can be with other students, the school culture, the academics, or even the faculty and staff. But over time, it becomes clear that traditional schools are not working and they become convinced that the available schools are unacceptable.
Unit Study Articles
Beyond Pudding: How Expectations Make the Education by Lisa Tiffin
One of the reasons we chose to homeschool is that we feel schools today are not challenging the minds of the young people entrusted to their care. It seems to me that expectations have been lowered to such a point that, while inclusive of every possible learner, have nevertheless lowered both the level of learning and the self-esteem of the learner. We learned over the summer that the more we expected from and the more we challenged our boys, the more they learned.
Creating Your Own Unit Studies by Beverly S. Krueger
With just a few resources you can put together your own units and track what topics you have covered through the years. The biggest fear of those who are debating about using the unit study method is fear of leaving something out. I’ve found three ways to deal with this fear.
Graphics Organizers: A Helpful Tool for Unit Study Learning by Beverly S. Krueger
Graphic organizers can be used to help your children organize their thinking in any field of study. They can help a child plan the parts of an essay, compare and contrast ideas in science and social studies, or graph results from data in science and math. We have provided a variety of the most common graphic organizers and information on how to obtain more advanced or specialized graphic organizers.
Mini Units by Beverly S. Krueger
If you’ve homeschooled for even one year, you will remember what it was like when you hit the mid-winter slump. Perhaps you’ve spent too much time indoors because of bad weather, or you just need a break from routine. Whatever the cause, you just want to do something different.
Organizing Your Own Unit Studies by Beverly S. Krueger
Each unit study creator has their own idea of how to go about setting up a unit study. Some prefer to free flow their units. Others like to be highly organized. We've put together a variety of forms which you can select and use to create your own unit study.
Pulling Together Resources for High School History Unit Studies by Beverly S. Krueger
Nothing says that you can’t do unit studies during your child’s high school years. Sure you want to cover the bases to create a successful college application, but you don’t have to do that by sticking to textbook curriculum. Creative unit studies can be made to serve as textbook replacements for many of the typical high school credit classes.
An A for Home Schooling by Brian C. Anderson Home schooling first showed up on the national radar screen in 1997, when 13-year-old Rebecca Sealfon, all brains and awkward gestures, won the National Spelling Bee, showing a startled public that her unorthodox education must be doing something right. Today, though home schooling accounts for only 3 or 4 percent of America's schoolchildren, the movement's brisk 15 percent annual growth rate has become a powerful, hard to ignore indictment of the nation's academically underachieving, morally irresolute, disorderly, and often scary public schools. Side by side with public education's lackluster results, the richness of home schooling's achievement—the wealth of challenging subjects its pupils learn, the civility it inculcates, the strong characters it seems to form, and the nurturing family life it reinforces—embodies a practical ideal of childhood and education that can serve as a useful benchmark of what is possible in turn-of-the-millennium America.
Reasons To Homeschool by National Home Education Network The results of a survey in which homeschoolers gave over 50 reasons why they decided to start homeschooling.
Deschooling - What it is and Does it Apply to My Family? by Lenore Colacion Hayes Deschooling is the process by which one adapts to the abandonment of traditional learning concepts. This presents itself differently in two varied populations - how it applies to and is processed by the children involved and how the parents of these children learn to cope with the concept of "oh-no-what-do-I-do-now-that-my-children-are-not-in-school?"